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Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 01-10-2014)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 12/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruits and syrup. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of farmhouse funk, clove, and pepper. Fruity hints of bananas, pear, white grapes, and apple. Some bubblegum hints along with some Belgian candied sugar and maple syrup. Also some citrus hints of orange, lemon, and apricot. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Wood like hints which supposedly come from the syrup. Hops are very light. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty and spicy Belgian farmhouse taste with big notes of fruit and some syrup. Big taste of Belgian yeast with good notes of farmhouse funk, clove, and peppers. Fruity taste of bananas, pear, apple, and white grape. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and apricot. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar and subtle Maple Syrup which gives some woody notes. Also some bubblegum taste. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very nice Farmhouse taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy and fairly drying feel. A little alcohol heat is felt but things are still fairly smooth.

Overall: A really nice twist on a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Good yeasty and fruity notes with an interesting woody kick from the syrup.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 08:18:50 | More by MattyG85
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pale cloudy straw color with a big creamy white head that retains long after the pour, all the way to the finish

S- earthy and musty with a hint of grass, yeasty, slightly sweet

T- yeasty with notes of must, hay, mild hop bitterness, slight sweetness from the maple, dry finish with a noticeable linger of alcohol

M- medium body and carbonation, fizzy-to-creamy mouthfeel, crisp and dry finish

O- good classic saison, the maple added a nice touch of sweetness, alcohol was quite noticeable though

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:09:21 | More by Treyliff
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-05-2014 16:43:09 | More by Luweezy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light malt, wheat beer banana, Belgian yeast and spicing with light saison yeast component. Flavor begins with mildly sweet bready malt with the banana and lemon citrus expected from a wheat beer, Belgian spicing, mild sweetness but no overt maple syrup flavors. Finishes much closer to a traditional saison, drier with spicy, peppery Belgian spicing and bitterness and light earthy saison yeast funk. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess, nice mouth feel. An interesting take on the saison style, with a mixture of elements from Belgian pale ale, witbier and Western European saison. Seems like a confusing combination, but it works, with the flavor transition from sweet Belgian to drier saison quite satisfactory. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:47:56 | More by LiquidAmber
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-04-2014 06:27:39 | More by VeganUndead
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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-03-2014 03:30:58 | More by WuBByG999
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-02-2014 02:54:45 | More by TheBrewViking
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tabhill

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2014 01:03:36 | More by tabhill
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-01-2014 14:23:17 | More by KAP1356
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

04-01-2014 03:41:21 | More by GratefulEdd
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly champagne like straw body with golden hues and flecks of copper beneath the rocky white head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered, sticky lacing about the glass.

Most immediate on the nose is the earthy yeast and grass. There is a subtle musk to it as well, perhaps some lemongrass, a touch of banana, some sweetness and maple as it warms.

Great flavor, hints of banana, sour apple (?), a faint pepperyness, yeast, and as it warms the maple really shows up. There is still a tart finish and the grassy / earth notes linger on the palate as well. Somewhere in the middle some bread like flavors arrive as well that could get lost.

Medium in body with copious carbonation and a drying finish.

I get it. Nice job ST. I wouldn't mind a little more of the sugary maple notes that show up. The "tree" like aspects of this beer are great- it's completely earthy.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:02:13 | More by CHADMC3
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-27-2014 00:56:47 | More by doc_logic
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

03-24-2014 22:49:42 | More by bootdown21
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Tone

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight citrus, hint of floral, hint of wood, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus, hint of spice, slight floral, slight hops, and a hint of wood. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 15:30:40 | More by Tone
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funcooker78

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-23-2014 16:56:40 | More by funcooker78
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timoteo833

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

03-23-2014 02:48:28 | More by timoteo833
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russwilliam

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-20-2014 03:44:04 | More by russwilliam
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a big billowy head of a just off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a grainy smell along with a very nice lot of a yeastiness. The yeastiness brings with it aromas of a grassy nature as well as a nice lot of a banana sweetness. Along with these smells are some sweet aromas of bubblegum, maple syrup, and candied sugar with a bit of a tangerine sweetness present as well, which with the rest, create a very sweet and pleasantly “funked” aroma.

Taste – It begins with a sweet candied sugar taste along with a nice bready flavor. The bready flavor is of a smooth doughty flavor along with a moderately strong yeasty taste. Along with these tastes there is a decent sweetness to the brew as fruity flavors of both banana and tangerine are present right from the start. While starting out very smooth, the taste ends up becoming more grainy and a bit more chewy as the taste advances. This is largely due to a more grainy wheat flavor replacing the doughy flavor with other tastes of a grassy nature also meeting the tongue. While this occurs however, so too comes even more sweet flavors with tons of maple syrup and with a bit of light bubblegum and candied sugar taste, going with the tangerine and banana nicely but actually heavily outpacing them. With a bit more grassy and hay-like funk coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, along with a lighter spice flavor of coriander and clove, one is left with a very pleasantly sweet and enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side overall, but gets a bit more chew in nature as the taste advances from the start to the finish. With a rather higher carbonation, the overall lighter body, which transitions at the end, is very nice for the mix of yeast, dough, grain, sugary sweet, and grassy flavors of the brew and with a very modest alcohol flavor (well at least for a brew of 8% abv.) it creates a very easy drinking Belgian style farmhouse ale.

Overall – A very enjoyable and quite drinkable brew. On the sweeter side, but very enjoyable and balanced. Not sure if it is quite worth the $10 per bottle price tag in comparison to their backwater and imperial series (usually ~ $7-8) but regardless it is quite nice and is well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:25:08 | More by Darkmagus82
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-17-2014 18:49:41 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Paid 10 bucks for the bottle I am always a sucker for the latest ST brew.

A - Damn near perfect a golden yellow bouquet of a beer with over an inch of solid foamy head that sticks around forever. Whatever does pull back reviels some great foam and lacing,
S - Can't really knock the smell with corpious amounts of maple syrup it comes off like a very sweet smelling farmhouse ale. Mildly fruity and mildly spicy.
T - Well it's both sweet and ungodly dry which is to be expected since fermented sugars leave a dry palate. Those who oppose Southern Tiers sweet beers with rude words should review this as the most anti-sweet beer ever. I am not really getting much spice or even fruity yeast its mostly maple syrup dry beer. So dry.
M - Medium in body with a.... god is it so dry.

Overall I recommend this to anyone who loves the style. For me expecting a sweet Sasion I was greatly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:56:42 | More by DrDemento456
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-16-2014 01:52:50 | More by skaboom420
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Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.